San Jose Auto Repair


Counterfeit Tires? – Who Knew?

I pretty much never post links to other articles…because I actually like to write about automotive service, auto maintenance, car repairs and tires. Really. Does that sound strange? Well, after just shy of forty years as a tire and auto service provider, I’d better enjoy it at some level, don’t you think? Anyway, no links. Well, rules are…you know… This is a crazy story; but it relates to your safety. It talks about getting the best deal on tires for your car. Of course I think that by coming to Tires Unlimited Silicon Valley at 3744 Stevens Creek Blvd in San Jose, CA 95117 you will always do best. But really, if you live in Florida, it’s not always practical. Consumer Reports is not always the best source for information, but it is certainly objective. And though I don’t always agree with their assessments of products, there is no way to say they are presenting anything short of honest understandings. With that said, here is a link to a fascin ... read more

Brakes and Brake Jobs. STOP IT!

It has been said that every car stops…eventually. The reason you need good brakes is so you, the driver, have control over when and where your car stops. Brakes. The dictionary definition of brakes is that they are mechanical device designed to stop or slow a mechanism; usually by means of friction. Airplanes use both wheel brakes and air-flap brakes. For our purposes, the mechanism being stopped is your car, light truck or SUV. Let’s look at a few facts about brakes. How can you know if you need brakes? Several ways: The best way to find out you need brakes is an inspection by an expert (hmmm… comes to mind here: Tires Unlimited Silicon Valley!) The reason for this is because you can often catch a brake need before it goes “to the next (read PRICEY) level” If the brake light on your dash is glowing either amber or red, get them checked. Either light indicates some problem with the brake system. If the ABS light is on, get the ABS system and the brakes checked. AB ... read more

Car Maintenance Options: Take care of your car...or throw your money away.

Don't let short term thinking hurt you in the long term. Huh? Don't let your desire to save an hour or two or avoid spending $50 or $75 today cost you hundreds...or thousands of dollars later. Here are some examples: 1. Your car is due for a tire rotation and an oil change. You take it to a quicky-lube place get it done; after all - they'll be done in fifteen minutes. They sell you a (very profitable) transmission flush and fuel injection cleaning. Nobody looks at your brakes; they are too busy selling you stuff that makes them quick money. It ends up taking an hour and a half anyway. A few weeks later, you notice a noise when you are braking. You break down and take it to a shop that does brakes. After an inspection, they discover that your brakes have worn out and damaged your brake rotors. As a result, your $250 brake job ends up costing over $500.00. All to save a couple bucks and a couple of hours. 2. Your check engine light is on. You've been telling your friends that it's bee ... read more